Matt Lockwood: New Leyton Orient boss needs English experience

Francesco Becchetti
Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti bought Leyton Orient from Barry Hearn last summer

Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood has urged O's owner Francesco Becchetti to appoint a manager who has experience in England.

Orient sacked Italian boss Fabio Liverani last week, following their relegation from League One.

"I'd love for the owner to stick with a British-based manager," Lockwood, 38, told BBC London 94.9.

"Orient could be a great club but the owners need to employ people who know England and the lower leagues."

Former Italy international Liverani, 39, became Orient's fourth manager of the season in December when he replaced compatriot Mauro Milanese.

Leyton Orient managers 2014-15
Russell Slade (left Orient on 24 Sept 2014)
Kevin Nugent (interim, 24 Sept - 26 Oct)
Mauro Milanese (26 Oct - 8 Dec)
Fabio Liverani (8 Dec 2014 - 13 May 2015)

Liverani was unable to save the east London side from dropping into the fourth tier for the first time since 2006, and left the Matchroom Stadium by mutual consent despite having two years left on his contract.

The O's endured a turbulent season after Italian businessman Becchetti bought the club from Barry Hearn last summer.

Lockwood, who scored 56 goals in 386 appearances for Orient between 1998 and 2007, believes Orient need to retain a British influence at the club.

Matt Lockwood
Lockwood spent nine years with Orient before leaving to join Nottingham Forest in summer 2007

"It is a fantastic club with owners who have got a lot of money," he said.

"If they listen to advice for what English clubs - and particularly Leyton Orient - need, they will be very successful.

"With the money they've got and the budget they will have in League Two, they should win that division by March.

"From what I've heard they want to do it their own way.

"You just hope, for the sake of the players and fans at Orient, that what Becchetti wants to do - however strange it might seem - could potentially work."

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